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Karan R
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I have had zero luck trying to get my 2-player wargames out other than Sekigahara
People are happy to play multiplayers like COIN, TI3, Maria, Churchill, QMG

Looking for suggestions of other 3+p games
I already know about T&T and Friedrich
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Daniel Blumentritt
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Successors (4), Sword of Rome (4-5), Here I Stand (3 or 6), Britannia (4), History of the World (3-6), The Napoleonic Wars (2-5).
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There is an Overlord campaign for Memoir which takes 2,4,6 or 8 players. I have not played it myself but reports say it works quite well.

There are some scenarios in Conflict of Heroes which take 3 or more players although this is primarily a 2 player game.
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Karan R
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SoR and HiS are too rules intensive, Successors too expensive, Memoir too simplistic
I'll check out Britannia, HotW and CoH
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Brandon
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If you don't mind a sci-fi wargame, Space Empires: 4X is great with four.

I haven't tried it, but Peloponnesian War, while primarily a solitaire game, has scenarios for up to six players. The rules not complex at all, but apparently it should be treated as more of an educational activity than a competitive game. I wonder if anyone around here has actually given it a try...
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Napoleon's Triumph using the bad-ass team rules, 3+, although I don't think I would do more than 6.
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Karan R
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Se4X is great but most people get turned off by the bookkeeping, even though that's the fun bit
NT was my first wargame, a tab bit too unintuitive and involved rules
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Richard Hellsten
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War of the Ring (second edition) has 3/4 player options although I've never played it like that.

Britannia was mentioned and I highly recommend it, Italia has both 3 and 4 player variants based on the same system.

1812: The Invasion of Canada and 1775: Rebellion fit the mold too.

I'll throw in Gothic Invasion as a fun, light card driven game.
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Also Virgin Queen (It is similar to Here I Stand and playable with 4, 5 or 6), Europe Engulfed (playable with 3), Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) (not exactly a wargame but we play it with 3 ,4 ,5 or 6 players.)
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RAVENBURG wrote:


Both are really simple to learn and fun. 1812: The Invasion of Canada is a 5 player game but we have played it with 3 (one american, one british, one indian and the canadian militia shared) and with 4 (2 players on each side.) I like 1775: Rebellion a little better but have only played it with 2 or 4 players.
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Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 and Pacific Victory both have 3-player options, although they split one side into two commands, so those two players are each playing half of the side, and win or lose together, which may not be what you're looking for.
 
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Nicola S
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The first to come to mind is The Republic of Rome.
There is also Blackbeard (the original, 1991 version).
Both are OOP now and could prove a bit expensive to find.
Both have a Solo version.

Some in-print recommendations:

Not a Wargame, but a very good game with a war theme that plays very well with 3-5 (and in one evening):
Wings for the Baron (second edition)
Has a solo version (though not nearly as good as the multiplayer).

Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game works well multiplayer (3 sounds like a good number, with more players you are forced to pick lower tier team members and will be a bit short on equipment, but you will have fun nevertheless).
You'll be screaming "hand me those mags, I'm out!!", or "meeeedic!", or "I got you covered!".
Bonus is that you can also solo it.

They Come Unseen is good up to 4 people (two subs vs. two destroyers) and games are quick enough you can swap sides and take another shot in one evening.

If you are not against miniature games, there is Tanks: Panther vs Sherman and Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game which work well multiplayer, but will drain you down the rabbit hole of all the expansions etc.

HTH

Edit: while not a wargame and not even having a war themed game, Leaving Earth plays well with up to 5 people as well as solo (to a lesser degree of fun though).
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Edward Pundyk
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The Lamps Are Going Out can be played with 2, 3 or 4. It has a pretty manageable rules set, plays quite quickly and is a lot of fun, while still giving a plausible feel for the high level decisions facing the combatants.
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David Lopez
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On the lighter side of wargaming there is the Quartermaster General series of games.
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Karan R
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Quartermaster is popular here
RoR was a horror to get started, we couldn't get through setup on a pbem game
Warfighter, unseen, 1812,1775 are on my wishlist
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I think most of the Commands & Colors games have Epic versions intended for teams of players (I agree on you sentiment on M44).

I also think most of the Age of Sail games (Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Close Action, Flying Colors, etc) can take multiple players.

I have played many multi-player games of Star Fleet Battles and BattleTech back in the day, but those are likely not what you're looking for.
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Patrick Pence
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nukeu666 wrote:
SoR and HiS are too rules intensive


You should really give Sword of Rome a try. The rules aren't that intensive. Once you get one turn of Action Rounds under your belt, it plays quite quickly. Like any multiplayer wargame, it can suffer from AP if left unchecked, but the mechanics and the individual player goals are very straightforward.

I would recommend this as a starting point before even HIS or VG.

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For anything multiplayer I think lighter fare is the way to go, gives people the time and opportunity to enjoy each others company which is the whole idea of playing with lots of people.

Popular Front, however the expansion is not worth your time in my opinion.
Captain Sonar (game designers, if you're listening, my fondest wish is a version of this for land combat. Someone's the general, there's a quartermaster, a scout, signal corps, etc.)
+1 Napoleon's Triumph a great 2 player game that is seamless as a multiplayer.
Blood Royale
Quartermaster General – Victory or Death: The Peloponnesian War


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Brett McLay
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Martin Wallace: Liberté.

Have you considered Scythe? ~ 'Another hybrid wargame.
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Nicola S
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A few more for you to consider (no comments since I have not played them...yet!):

Days of Ire: Budapest 1956
Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
V-Commandos
AFTERSHOCK: A Humanitarian Crisis Game
 
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Sean McCormick
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Not quite wargames, but I would strongly recommend the Pax games, Pax Porfiriana and Pax Pamir. Would also recommend several of Martin Wallace's games, including Byzantium, Liberté, Perikles and Struggle of Empires.

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Conquest of Paradise, a "space conquest game" for 2-4 set during the Polynesian exploration/expansion into the Pacific. Second edition just out from GMT
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bgmclay wrote:
Martin Wallace: Liberté.

Have you considered Scythe? ~ 'Another hybrid wargame.


While I love Scythe, it really isn't a wargame. It's a hybrid Euro/Ameritrash. The combat aspect is quite small--I've had many games with only one fight, and some almost with none with low player counts.
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Robert Fix
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Try Maria; same as Freiedrich system but for 3 players.

nukeu666 wrote:
I have had zero luck trying to get my 2-player wargames out other than Sekigahara
People are happy to play multiplayers like COIN, TI3, Maria, Churchill, QMG

Looking for suggestions of other 3+p games
I already know about T&T and Friedrich
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